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(Original graphic by Ava Hurwitz) A pink image with white, orange, and navy blue fists holding microphones and pens raised in the year. On the top of the image, "powerfully persistent" is in bold orange and navy lettering.

We Should Continue Supporting Student Press Freedom

In this opinion piece, a student journalist examines the importance of student press freedom.
Art work and design by Ava Hurwitz. A graphic with SB 80 on it with an orange and pink background. Graphics saying "your vote matters!" and showing ballot boxes and voting IDs are to the right of the image.

Kentucky students need encouragement to get to the polls. SB 80 creates barriers instead.

In this opinion piece, Isabella Edghill examines barriers created by SB 80, and why Kentucky students need more encouragement to get to the polls, not less.
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“The Most Stressful Time of the Year": How Finals Week Impacts Students’ Mental Health

In this op-ed, a student examines the impact of end-of-term, high-stakes exams.
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The Kentucky Legislature Responds to Education Transportation Issues

Given the statewide nature of education transportation issues, what responsibility does the state government have in implementing a solution?
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In the Race For Governor, Education Plans are Front and Center

How do the two gubernatorial candidates plan to improve the education of Kentucky students? More importantly, what do students have to say about this?
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Short & Sweet: The New Edu’s Halloween Hot Takes

Six of The New Edu’s writers shared their Halloween hot takes.
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SB 5: "Harmful to Minors"

In this opinion piece, a student discusses the impact of SB 5 on education.
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Kentucky Students on Their Favorite Banned Books

For Banned Books Week, Kentucky students share books they love that have been subject to bans, challenges, or debate.
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A War Beyond Words: How book bans perpetuate the underrepresentation of vulnerable communities

In this reported piece, a student examines the impact of book bans, harms of censorship, and highlights solutions from experts.

Book Bans Limit What Education Should Be

In this opinion piece, a student argues that book bans limit worldviews, in and outside the classroom.
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How do Kentucky schools support students in the aftermath of a bus crash?

It has been more than a year since the crash happened, but the memories do not absolve themselves easily in this firsthand account.
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JCPS Students Speak Out About "Transportation Disaster"

We heard from JCPS students on their experiences getting to and from school on August 9th, the impact this had on their bus drivers, and more.
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Youth Voice, Authorship, & Democracy: Unpacking Media Literacy with Dr. Renee Hobbs

In this Q&A with The New Edu’s Sara Falluji, Dr. Renee Hobbs breaks down what media literacy is, the importance of youth voice and authorship, and how intergenerational conversations factor in
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When Legislators Won’t Listen: A Student Reflects on SB 150

Students walked out and protested against SB 150. Now, we’ve been failed by a system that is meant to protect us.
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Flowers gathered in memorial for victims of the Old National Bank shooting in Louisville, KY. Photo courtesy of: Matt Stone/Louisville Courier Journal

We Were Impacted by the Old National Bank Shooting. We Need Better Gun Control Legislation.

Following the Old National Bank shooting in Louisville, two students speak to being indirectly impacted by gun violence–and call for change.
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Protestors gather at Kentucky's Capitol to protest SB 150. Protestors hold signs stating "trans rights are human rights."

Senate Bill 150 Is a Step Back Into the Closet for Trans Kentuckians

On March 29th, Kentucky's Republican supermajority voted to override Governor Andy Beshear’s veto—making SB 150, sweeping anti-trans legislation targeting trans youth, law.
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Students at a 2020 religious high school in Burien, Washington hold signs under the cross of their school in support of teachers who were forced to resign because of their sexual orientation. Photo credit: KOMO News

For LGBTQ+ Students in Kentucky’s Catholic Schools, School Isn’t Safe

Prejudice, exclusion, and hatred are subjects they know all too well.
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Kentucky schools should provide menstrual products, period.

Senate Bill 55 mandates that all public and charter schools with grades 4-12 have free period products available for students. 
Students of all ages gather on the steps of the Kentucky Capitol, holding signs in support of the CROWN Act.

Student CROWN Act Advocates Rally At Capitol

Organized by ACLU Kentucky and the Real Young Prodigys, hundreds of students across Kentucky joined forces to advocate for the passage of Senate Bill 63, colloquially known as the CROWN Act.
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Harmful Lessons: How Kentucky classrooms can perpetuate violence and what we can do about it

Curriculum violence can be either intentional or unintentional, but it still negatively impacts students and causes lasting harm.
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